“I wish I was a woman of about thirty-six, dressed in black satin with a string of pearls!”

On 9.5.17 Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca (’40). The previous Bluray, mastered in 2K, was released by MGM in 2011. I own the latter. Would I like to own the Criterion 4K when it pops two months hence? Of course I would, but you never know if Criterion is going to darken things up, as they did with their Only Angels Have Wings and His Girl Friday Blurays. The Criterion guys seem to be queer for inky shadow. And I can’t honestly say I’ve ever had the slightest problem with MGM’s version. It looks totally fine, and now you’re asking me to pay $40 for the Criterion. I don’t know, man. I really don’t know.

(l.) Criterion’s upcoming 4K-scanned Bluray; (r.) MGM’s 2011 2K version.